I just had a discussion with a Twitter follower about another news report on curing diabetes. She was upset because I was showing articles that may give diabetes followers hope.
There are limits to cures and any one of them is not perfect. Most reports are research and often don't cover type 1 at all.
There's reason for hope. There's reason to suggest that you can be live symptom free.
I'm not a doctor, but I do say it's a cure.
Diabetes cured in mice. Are we next?
According to the Center for Disease Control, 1.25 million people suffer from type 1 diabetes in the US alone. So far, it can only be managed with diet and regular doses of insulin, but scientists at UT Health San Antonio have invented a way of curing the disease in mice that may one day do the same for humans even with type 2 diabetes.
Type 1 diabetes is a particularly unpleasant condition. It occurs when the pancreas ceases to produce the insulin needed by the body to metabolize sugar and, until the invention of artificial insulin injections, it was as deadly as cancer. Type 2 is the less severe form of the disease, where the body produces insufficient insulin; it can often be managed through diet alone.
Invented by Bruno Doiron and Ralph DeFronzo, the UT Health technique uses gene transfer to alter cells in the pancreases of mice to make them think they're beta cells and start making insulin. This involves taking selected genes from external beta cells and using viruses as carriers to move them into the new host cells, in the diabetic pancreas.#p462744
Bruno Doiron (left), and Ralph DeFronzo co-invented a technique that has cured diabetes in mice for one year without side effects (Credit: UT Health)